The 2020 Louisiana Survey Postponed in Response to COVID-19


March 26, 2020 

BATON ROUGE – The 2020 Louisiana Survey, a project of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, has been postponed in accordance with the latest guidelines by LSU and the CDC related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Public Policy Research Lab, which conducts the Louisiana Survey, suspended its call center operations indefinitely to ensure the safety of our staff and minimize any public health risks.

The mission of the Louisiana Survey is to establish benchmarks as well as to capture changes in residents’ assessments of state government services and performance. The survey is further dedicated to tracking public opinion on the contemporary policy issues that face the state. Each iteration of the Louisiana Survey contains core items designed to serve as barometers of public sentiment, including assessments of whether the state is heading in the right direction or wrong direction, perceptions about the most important problems facing the state, as well as evaluations of public revenue sources and spending priorities.

Once LSU recommences operations, the Manship School and Reilly Center will assess the most appropriate path forward for conducting the 2020 Louisiana Survey and its subsequent release.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented, and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.